The Multisensory Integration with Kangaroo Mother Care (MSI-KMC) onto the Early Cognitive Performance in Two-Month Old Infants

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Watcharee Numprasert
Peera Wongupparaj
Piyathip Pradujprom


The multisensory integration with kangaroo mother care (MSI-KMC) program was deliberated seriously base on three dimensions: window of opportunity, sleep pattern in accordance with circadian rhythm, and Piaget’s theory and ecological model, to enhance cognitive performance among newly born infants. This study aimed to elucidate the effects of multisensory integration with kangaroo mother care onto the early cognitive performance among two-month old infants. Visual habituation behavior was applied to determine such performanceat the corrected age of one and two months old. Forty-six healthy term infants were recruited and assigned randomly into either experimental group or control group. The experimental group consisted of twenty four respondents receiving MSI-KMC intervention whereas the control group consistedof twenty two respondents receiving KMC intervention. Both groups practiced such assigned intervention for two months long interval. Consequently, total look duration and number of habituation trials were assessed and analyzed. Statistical t-test, F-test and one way repeated measure MANOVA were employed to test research hypotheses. The findings emerged accordingly. The experimental group had lower mean scores of the total look duration and the number of habituation trials than the control group significantly at p<.01. The MSI-KMC program, therefore, could potentially be used to stimulate and advocate infants’ cognitive performance development.

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